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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 2014-07-14T00:00:00+02:00
XXXL Painting: Chris Martin http://www.arttube.nl/en/dossier/Boijmans/XXXL/Martin Chris Martin (Washington D.C. 1954) began his art training in 1972 at Yale University in New Haven. In 1974 he moved to New York, without completing his education. He began to work with AIDS patients in 1990 and specialised in art therapy at the School of Visual Arts. In 2004, after twelve years working as a therapist in America’s first AIDS help programme, he returned to making art fulltime. He lives and works in New York.

Chris Martin is a savage painter. In concentrated, mostly nocturnal sessions, he allows himself to be swept away by outspoken colours, unusual materials, thoughts of artists he admires and music. Music guides his brush; Martin follows his heart. He is fascinated by the relationship between the insignificant and the grandiose, man and the universe, the tunnels between life and death.

His paintings are monumental and when viewed from a distance display a limited range of abstract motifs. But upon closer inspection they contain all sorts of unexpected – and sometimes figurative – details. Martin sometimes hangs his paintings on an external wall, exposed to the wind and the rain, thus creating street art that is visible to anyone passing by. He challenges the elements to engage with his paintings in a cycle of growth, proliferation, decay, and death… And once again…

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In this video, James Kalm (a good friend of Chris Martin) visits his solo exhibition Painting Big (2011) at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Kalm's commentary explains Martin's work pretty well. Some of these paintings are also on show in the Submarine Wharf. 

And here's a short video about preparations for this exhibition:

Further reading

Everything is Finished Nothing is Dead: An Article About Abstract Painting
Chris Martin's manifesto on abstract painting.

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Thu, 16 May 2013 00:00:00 +0200 2013-05-16T00:00:00+02:00
XXXL Painting: Klaas Kloosterboer http://www.arttube.nl/en/dossier/Boijmans/XXXL/Kloosterboer Painter Klaas Kloosterboer (Schermer, 1959) lives and works in Amsterdam. He makes abstract paintings, often containing circles and dots, which he construct and deconstructs according to strictly defined rules, until they are theatrical objects and costumes. Kloosterboer tries to pose fundamental questions about the art of painting in each and every painting he makes. He is an explorer. He tries things out and therefore sometimes puts himself and his canvases on trial. He is also an inventor, innovative in his painterly techniques and in his use (and sometimes misuse) of materials. Klaas Kloosterboer experiments continually, so that the form and appearance of his works constantly changes. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has diverse works by Kloosterboer in the collection, which can be seen in the Collection Online.

In ‘XXXL Painting’ Kloosterboer presents his work in the long hall of the Submarine Wharf. In this space he has attached a circular railing to the ceiling which slowly moves existing and new works through the space. The paintings are 4.5 meters wide and 9 meters high, brightly coloured and sometimes contain holes. In addition, a few video installations will be shown which can be interpreted as backgrounds and insights into the rules with which the artist works. Kloosterboer has exhibited his works in several places in Europe.

A performance by Klaas Kloosterboer:

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Fri, 03 May 2013 00:00:00 +0200 2013-05-03T00:00:00+02:00
XXXL Painting: Jim Shaw http://www.arttube.nl/en/dossier/Boijmans/XXXL/Shaw Jim Shaw (Midland 1952) is a visual artist and musician. In 1972 he began studying art at the University of Michigan and was a co-founder of the psychedelic noise band Destroy All Monsters. In 1976 he continued his studies at the interdisciplinary school CalArts in Los Angeles, the city where he lives and works to this day.

Jim Shaw is a storyteller. To construct his stories he enlists a range of visual idioms derived from popular culture since the 1960s in a humorous yet meaningful way, effortlessly employing numerous techniques and media. As the background for his paintings he often uses old theatre backdrops. Surrealism and Pop art are the pillars of Shaw’s art. 

Interview with Jim Shaw, on the occasion of his solo exhibition at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in 2012-13:

His most important source of inspiration is modern Western society. With its ‘insanity’ in mind, he has created his own religion: Oism. Since the mid-1990s all his works have a relationship to this religion. Oism has its own mythology, with the avatar ‘O’ and the trickster ‘I’, and a long history with figures and events modelled on examples from ‘real’ history.

But what is real? Don’t we allow our ‘real’ lives to be influenced by innumerable similar inventions? If so, then it is also possible to invent things we would rather live with.

The Hole & The Whole

In the framework of his invented religion, Shaw made two videos: The Hole (2007) and The Whole (2009). They are each others' exact opposites in terms of camera movement. Both videos refer to American film history in several ways, such as the work of director and choreographer Busby Berkeley (Wikipedia) and 1960s horror movies.

The Hole (2007):

The Whole (2009) is the feminine version of both films:

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Fri, 03 May 2013 00:00:00 +0200 2013-05-03T00:00:00+02:00
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